For Easter this year we decided to spend it in the UK and visit Cornwall - a region we had been told had some amazing scenery and places. We took the train down to Plymouth on Friday night and stayed the night there before picking up a rental car the next day.
We drove to the Eden Project which are two large enclosures with plants from all around the world inside. Not typically our thing but it was very large and very impressive. We spent a few hours wandering around before we headed towards Falmouth where we were to stay the night. We arrived at Falmouth and visited Pendennis Castle. Being right on the coast, there were some fierce winds so we made our outside exploring a bit shorter than we usually would and rushed to our B n B to get warm.
The next day we headed to Lizard Point which is the southernmost point in the UK. The sun was out and there were some amazing views of cliff edges and harsh seas. We then carried onto St Michael's Mount - a castle on a tidal island. The castle was unfortunately closed but it was low tide so we could walk across the causeway up to the island. After visiting the southernmost point of the UK we drove onto Land's End - the westernmost part of the UK. Unfortunately the area has been taken over by some quite touristy and tacky attractions. We walked past these though and headed out for a brief walk across the cliff to see some views. The walk was well worth it with again some gorgeous views of cliff edges and the sea. Just east of Land's End is an open air theatre carved into the cliff edge called the Minack Theatre. We had tickets for a performance that night but thought we would come during the day to have a look. The sun was still shining as we walked around the very impressive theatre. We then drove to a lovely little town called St Ives to check in to our B&B before layering on as many clothes as possible and heading out for dinner in Penzance then back to the Minack Theatre for the show Honk - a take on the ugly duckling. It was a great show and an amazing place, however rather cold, we certainly felt for the performers in tiny little dresses!
St Ives was nice and quaint like the guidebooks had said but still quite touristy and not as nice as I thought it would be. After exploring St Ives in the morning we drove to Gwithian where we looked out across a vast stretch of golden North Cornwall sand, St Agnes where we explored some old factory remains. We stopped for some lunch in Newquay and realised we didn't really want to stop for anything else as it is not very exciting at all, so headed to the Bedruthan Steps which are a series of large stone formations across the coast. We then headed to our final stop where we were staying the night - Padstow. This is a foodie haven, where Rick Stein comes from and has a number of great restaurants, after doing some research we found a lovely place for a really nice seafood dinner here including some delicious scallops.
Our trip almost over, we drove back to Plymouth where we dropped off our rental car and boarded the train back to London.